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Assault and battery are often thought of together and used interchangeably to describe a physical attack. However, assault and battery are two separate charges which have different meanings. Assault is defined as the threat or attempt of causing injury to another, with the apparent ability to carry out the threat. Battery is defined as the intentional touching or striking of another, against their will and without their consent. Battery may involve hitting, striking, slapping, groping or any other form of physical contact.
Consulting a criminal defense attorney is critical in ensuring that you do not face serious penalties for a conviction. Depending upon the particular charges, the extent of injury to the victim (if any), the defendant's criminal record and whether a deadly weapon was used, one may face felony or misdemeanor charges for an assault and battery offense.
The Law Offices of R. Curtis Murtha, P.A. can help you fight your assault and battery charges. I offer a free consultation to discuss your legal matter and represent clients throughout Florida. With my experience and knowledge in this area of law, I will be able to provide quality representation relating to these cases.
There are a number of specific offenses relating to assault and/or battery in Florida: